William Whitelaw, 1st Viscount Whitelaw

related topics
{government, party, election}
{son, year, death}
{war, force, army}
{black, white, people}
{day, year, event}
{law, state, case}
{company, market, business}
{rate, high, increase}
{mi², represent, 1st}
{village, small, smallsup}

William Stephen Ian Whitelaw, 1st Viscount Whitelaw KT, CH, MC, PC, DL (28 June 1918 – 1 July 1999), often known as Willie Whitelaw, was a British Conservative Party politician. who served in a wide number of Cabinet positions, most notably as Home Secretary and Deputy Prime Minister.


Early life

Whitelaw was born in Nairn, in northeast Scotland. He never knew his father, who was killed in the First World War when he was a baby. He was educated at Winchester College and Trinity College, Cambridge, where he won a blue for golf and joined the Officer Training Corps.[citation needed]

By chance he was in a summer camp on the outbreak of war and was granted a regular, not wartime, commission in the British Army, in the Scots Guards, later serving in the 6th Guards Armoured Brigade, a separate unit from the Guards Armoured Division. He commanded Churchill tanks in Normandy during the Second World War and in the Battle of Caumont[disambiguation needed] (late July 1944) his was the first Allied unit to encounter German Jagdpanther tank destroyers, being attacked by three out of the twelve of these vehicles which were in Normandy.[citation needed]

Full article ▸

related documents
Joaquín Balaguer
Robert Walpole
Robert Borden
Frederik Willem de Klerk
Charles G. Dawes
Luis A. Ferré
Václav Havel
Roy Jenkins
John Gorton
Xanana Gusmão
Thomas A. Hendricks
Thomas R. Marshall
Bill Simon
José Ramos-Horta
Thomas E. Dewey
Allen G. Thurman
Konstantin Chernenko
Henry Grattan
Kofi Annan
Yitzhak Rabin
John Ballance
John Abbott
Samuel J. Tilden
John A. Costello
Nikolai Bukharin
Politics of Swaziland
Charles Curtis
United States presidential election, 1840
Bourbon Restoration
Politics of Tuvalu